Some of the thinnest, most delicate tissues in the body can be found in the neck, which means that the natural aging process may affect the neck more quickly than other areas of the face and body. Additionally, excess fatty tissue through the upper neck, under the chin and along the lower jaw can make you look much heavier than you actually are. Neck lift surgery can help you look younger and slimmer by removing excess skin and tissue from the jowls and upper neck.
Recognized as a facial cosmetic surgery specialist and one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the Mobile-Pensacola metro area, Dr. James Koehler is a board certified cosmetic surgeon serving patients from Gulfport to Gulf Shores and beyond. Dr. Koehler offers a wide range of plastic surgery procedures for both men and women, and is known for his caring commitment to a patient-first approach.
Are You a Candidate?
If you’re in good overall mental and physical health but feel frustrated by the prematurely aged appearance of your neck or the appearance of a thick neck or double chin, you could be a good candidate for a neck lift. A neck lift can also be combined with a face lift for men and women who may be considering both procedures.
About Your Neck Lift
The skin and muscles throughout the neck and jaw area may seem to age at a different rate, leading to the appearance of premature aging even when your upper face still looks comparatively young. The looseness and loss of elasticity in the neck can lead to embarrassing wattle or “turkey neck,” along with muscle banding that causes irregular contours. To compound these problems, the jaw and chin area can also store excess fat, leading to prominent jowls and a double chin.
Neck lift surgery can tighten the platysma bands (the neck muscles) along with removing excess skin and fatty tissue to restore a smooth, youthful look. In those men and women who are more concerned with fat deposits than skin laxity, liposuction alone may be enough to improve neck contours without the need for additional surgery. This is an option that Dr. Koehler can discuss with you at your consultation.
Neck Lift Costs
The price range for neck lift surgery from our practice averages from $3,500 for simple neck liposuction to $5,000 for full neck lift surgery, although this amount may vary depending on your specific goals and whether additional procedures are performed at the same time. Dr. Koehler and his staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery pricing and help you fully understand the costs associated with your neck lift.
What to Expect
A consultation that includes a physical evaluation is essential in order to achieve the best possible results from you neck lift, as your skin elasticity and other anatomical factors will largely determine whether you would see better results from neck liposuction alone or a full neck lift.
Incisions for a neck lift are typically made around the ear, sometimes following the hairline toward the back of the neck. In some cases, Dr. Koehler may need to make a small second incision in front of the ear as well. Next, Dr. Koehler tightens the muscle bands of the neck and excises fatty deposits, possibly with the help of liposuction. Excess skin is trimmed away and the remaining skin is redraped and tightened for a youthful profile.
If only neck liposuction is being performed, the necessary incision points will be very small, and are usually placed below the chin or near the ear. Often, these are small enough that sutures may not even be required after surgery. However, neck liposuction will not improve the appearance of loose skin or neck banding, as lipo can only remove fat cells.
Dr. Koehler may recommend a special supportive bandage (a chin strap or elastic neck sling) after your surgery to encourage your skin and tissue to conform to their new contours. Scars should be concealed discreetly behind the hairline, within the crease below the earlobe or under the chin. Any post-surgical discomfort is usually mild and should be well-managed with oral medications; the use of ice packs during healing should be avoided. Keeping your head elevated can help alleviate swelling for the first few days, and you may also notice mild bruising. Both bruising and swelling should dissipate within 2 weeks, and final results should be visible between 1 to 3 months.
Risks and Complications
The risks associated with neck lift surgery are typically minor, and include common side effects such as fluid accumulation (hematoma), anesthesia risks or poor wound healing. More serious concerns include permanent changes in sensation, irregular contours or unfavorable scarring, although these are rare. Dr. Koehler will discuss all the risks and benefits associated with neck lift surgery and neck liposuction during your consultation so you’re fully informed before your procedure.
Your New Look
Neck lift surgery and neck liposuction are two different procedures that can essentially deliver the same result: slender, more youthful lines through the neck and jaw area that can help your entire appearance look more rejuvenated and refreshed. The results of a neck lift can be even more striking if a face lift is performed at the same time, although you can expect to see significant improvement from neck lift surgery alone as well.